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Luise
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If it’s the Broads Authority’s intention to chase private owners away and make the area a fiefdom of “The Big Three”, then they can chalk up another success!

Already disgusted at previous reductions of the hire craft “multiplier” with any shortfall having to be made up by privateers, this year’s iniquity of obliging private owners to pay their toll on time but allowing hire craft to be “under repair” for as long as they weren’t being used, was for me the final straw. I’m no longer prepared to subsidise millionaires...

Comparing the cost of boat ownership on the Broads with that in France, it became clear that the latter would be cheaper. Navigators & General have insured my boat for only thirty quid more to use it throughout the whole of France’s inland waterways system as opposed to limiting cover to “The Broads of Norfolk and Suffolk”. And whereas this year I paid over £2,500 for a marina berth on the Broads, the Port de Plaisance to where I’ve moved charges for the same boat 148 euro/month in the high season and 137 euro/month in the low season. A mooring “sans service” (no adjacent water or electricity connection) would be 90 euro/month

And as for tolls, I was obliged to pay the Broads Authority £405 for my toll in April while Richardson’s et al paid nothing. For the same boat the Voies Navigables de France charge for the whole system and lock maintenance for the period 1 January-31 December 2020 is only 286 euro. On my paying the bill this was reduced by 48 euro because I was arriving in October, and a further reduction of 48 euro because of the “crise sanitaire”. So a final cost of 190 euro. Broads Authority, take note...

So last Friday week my little boat arrived by road in the South of France. Again, cheaper abroad, £187 at St Olaves for the lift-out and onto the trailer; 90 euro for lifting off the trailer and into the water at Homps on the Canal du Midi. Absolutely shocking weather so we took our time to descend 48 km through the four locks (two double) to our new berth in Capestang.

Now in my 70s, this will probably be my last boat, but should I resume boating in the UK, it WON’T be on the Broads.

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I'm with you on that score Peter. Good-on-yer!
After next years season, we will have deep discussions
as to whether we wish to keep paying the ever increasing
costs to the BA which are over-and-above the rate of
inflation.

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Im with you 100% Peter, Ive taken my 2 smaller boats off the Broads in the last 2 years, out of the blue I have had 3 seperate enquiries asking if I'm interested in selling my boat, it is something I told the people I hadn't really been thinking of doing but this latest kick in the b***s by th B*****d Authority has changed my mind. Im off down to the boat this weekend to clean and take pictures, then she is on the market.

Dave

if it is to be it is up to me.

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Good for you. I've had a few good boating holidays on the Midi and what you save on nautical overheads will help to pay for some splendid cuisine available in the area. Also the local Minervois wines are very good and friendly on the pocket.
         Best wishes, Brian.

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Having cruised the Canal du Rhone a Sete many years ago and done a fair bit of walking along the Midi last year, I am ever so slightly envious.

Canals they may be, but they are every bit as diverse as the Broads. Of course there is the added benefit of much better weather for most of the year.



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We did the canal du midi and River Garonne a few years ago and it was exceptional. The food available from riverside restaurants and cafes puts the dross served up in pubs in the UK to shame. A 3 course meals that wouldnt be out of place in upmarket restaurants in the UK for less than €20 euro per head, add to that a litre of house wine thats better than anything thats on offer in the uk undrr £50 for €8-9. If it wasnt so far to go...

if it is to be it is up to me.

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Well after reading through the previous posts I think I will start a list of 'who does not want to go to the French waterways' rather than who does as it seems that the attraction of better weather, its more economical, plus vast quantities of wine   etc.    Well the list for those who wish to stay will be minimal.

Well done and here is to the future and may it be a happy and healthy one.  



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I understand completely what you are saying and the French waterways sound idyllic. I also agree that the BA are far from perfect and like all Government departments shirk their management responsibility and allow the private sector to run everything more often than not for their own gain.
But, I can travel from my home and be sailing off up the Ant in 45 minutes allowing me to enjoy my boat and the Broads every weekend and even summer evenings if I wish to. The savings that you mention through mooring in France are insignificant in comparison to the time and cost of travelling from the UK to France to make use of your boat. Ok I suppose if you only take a single two to three week holiday per year but then why go to the expense of owning a vessel?
And, let's face it, cross Channel commuting is not going to become any simpler as of January 2021!
Just an alternative viewpoint.


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I agree I have seriously considered moving my boat to Rotterdam however as the previous message stated It will add greatly to the travel time and cost.
My journey to the Broads takes me between 4.5 to 6 hours depending on the traffic etc. I can visit 3/4 times a month, could I do this with a boat if it was kept in Rotterdam, I do sometimes just come to my boat for 2 days and sometimes just overnight.
And st*ff the wine British beer is far better..
IMHO lol

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Each to his own Dzign but I would go purely for the wine. !!!!

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